CHICAGO — The last time we told you about Timothy Jackson was after he ran down the Magnificent Mile with a safe he stole from a Streeterville nail salon while on parole for three felonies. He’s on probation for that.
Jackson’s back in jail. Prosecutors say he burglarized a River North restaurant. It’s familiar territory for Jackson, an eight-time convicted felon.
Chicago cops arrested him around 2:15 a.m. last Wednesday after responding to a burglar alarm at Coco Pazzo, 300 West Hubbard. They said they found the 32-year-old lying down next to a stairwell on the fourth floor.
Surveillance video from the restaurant showed Jackson forcing the restaurant doors open, according to his CPD arrest report. Once inside, the report said, he grabbed some Hennessey from the bar, tried to open the cash register, and checked out the basement. He’s been charged with burglary.
Judge Charles Beach detained Jackson the next day for violating the two-year probation sentence he received in September for the nail salon break-in.
That crime occurred in April 2022 at Bedazzled, 221 East Grand. The owner told police she saw a man force the door open around 5 a.m., remove a safe from the office, and head west, according to police and prosecutors.
Officers spotted Jackson strolling down Michigan Avenue near Tribune Tower a few minutes later. He was carrying a safe. When he saw the cops, he dropped the safe and ran. He didn’t get far.
Jackson was on parole for three felonies at the time.
In one case, he punched a man in the face on the 800 block of South Wabash, causing the victim to suffer facial and brain injuries, according to police records. He received 7½ years for aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. He also received two four-year sentences for a pair of Loop burglaries.
Just three months before sentencing, police detained Jackson when he ran away from them as they tried to cite him for smoking at the Jackson Red Line station. He was wearing his electronic monitoring bracelet at the time. He allegedly wrapped it in aluminum foil to keep authorities from tracking his whereabouts. Prosecutors charged him with escape but later dropped the case.
Jackson also received two sentences of 4½ years for felony thefts in the Loop in 2014. He got two years for theft from a person in 2013 and four years for theft in 2011. Prosecutors said he was also convicted of burglary as a juvenile.
Police have issued several community alerts to warn restaurants and bars about late-night burglars. A bulletin issued last month warned that a pair of men were prying open patio doors to gain access to restaurants in River North. Another alert in November focused on similar crimes on the North Side.